Huntington Library Opens New American Art Galleries

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Art lovers visiting the LA area this summer are in for a delightful surprise – the beautiful Huntington Library is about to open up a brand new expansion of their American Art galleries. Be sure to stop by the Huntington for a few hours to check out the new space; it’s bound to be a fantastic addition to a culturally inspired Los Angeles vacation. The new space debuts on July 19th. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the place (and it is a little hidden in San Marino), the Huntington is a unique cultural center that combines a little bit of everything – lush botanical gardens, a world-renowned research library, and several well furnished art galleries. Now, they’ve expanded their American Art gallery by adding five new rooms (previously used as storage space) – that’s a lot more space for art! The expansion means that over 100 new works of art can be displayed to … [Read more...]

Aquarium of the Pacific Discount Tickets

Aquarium of the Pacific Discount Tickets

Are you searching for seals and dolphins on your kayak ride through La Jolla? Scouring tide pools for tiny starfish and anemones? There’s an easier way to see the best Pacific sea life on your LA vacation this summer – with a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Located in Long Beach, California (just south of LA proper), the Aquarium of the Pacific is the best place to get to know the creatures that live and play in the world’s largest ocean. With more than 11,000 different creatures, the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to a stunning variety of specimens from the Tropical Pacific to Southern California and Baja California all the way to the chilly North Pacific. Some of our favorite areas and special exhibits at the aquarium include: the Sea Otter Habitat, featuring Maggie, the beloved resident icon of the zoo; the Shark Lagoon, perfect for those of you who wish every week was … [Read more...]

Summer at Knott’s Berry Farm

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A Southern California vacation often involves a trip to one or more of the area’s top theme parks. However, summertime in places like Disneyland means lots of crowds and long lines – not to mention the astronomical prices. This summer, enjoy short lines and sweet rides at a theme park that maintains a hometown feel: Knott’s Berry Farm. Plus, with Knott’s Berry Farm discount tickets, the price is unbeatable. Billed as America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm boasts a long history of providing quality entertainment and hospitality in Southern California. What started as a highway-side fruit stand known for the creation of the hybrid boysenberry and delicious berry pies in the 1920s evolved into a “summer long county fair” by the 1950s and a theme park to rival the giants by the 1990s. Today, the park continues to grow, and while you can still get a slice of fresh … [Read more...]

A Guide to LA Studio Tours

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Planning your trip to LA and trying to decide which studio tour is right for you and your family? Check out our handy guide to the top Los Angeles Studio Tours for information on tour content, location, hours of operation, and any additional admission information you need to know. Each of these tours has something unique to offer visitors. Indulge your love for the entertainment industry with a visit to one – or to all! – of these top Los Angeles attractions. In no particular order: Universal Studios Universal Studios Hollywood often tops many must-see lists. Begin with 45-minute tram tour through one of the most famous working studios in Hollywood. Jimmy Fallon (SNL alumnus and new host of “The Tonight Show!”) will be your video guide through the park, pointing out some of the exciting pieces of movie magic that you’ll see throughout the tour. Highlights include a bit of … [Read more...]

Los Angeles 4th of July Fireworks 2014

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If there’s one day of the year where the city known for its glitz and glamour is even more filled with sparkle and light than usual, it’s the Fourth of July. Los Angeles attractions love Independence Day as much as the rest of us, so you can expect to find the whole sprawling metropolis celebrating. Of course, it’s the fireworks that are the main attraction. This year, when you spend Fourth of July in Los Angeles, you should know where to go to see the best fireworks displays from the most ideal viewing spots. Whether public extravaganzas or ticketed events, these five Los Angeles attractions each put on a fireworks show you won’t want to miss—and over half of them are free. Rose Bowl - AmericaFest AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is one of the most well-known Fourth of July events in L.A. In fact, it features one of the largest fireworks displays in all of Southern … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved one. Assembled to provide the optimum savings on choice attractions, the Go Select Packages can offer … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Holiday Lights

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With winter months averaging in the balmy 70-degree range, the holiday months in Los Angeles offer an alternative to the typical image of pine trees and snow-covered hills. But don’t underestimate the power of holiday cheer in cohesion with the power of the sun’s rays – Californians know how to celebrate the holidays in style! Imagine strings of lights hugging warmly around exotic palm trees, the sun setting as you stroll down the jovially-adorned Santa Monica Pier, and the delightfully illuminated houses rivaling the gleam of the Hollywood sign above – a Los Angeles holiday is one you will never forget! So where can you see the most vibrant L.A. holiday light displays? Rodeo Drive:  While you may have passed this famous shopping street on the Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour, Rodeo Drive is worth revisiting once the sun goes down. Stroll past lavish shops with decadent … [Read more...]

4th of July Fireworks in Los Angeles

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Exploring a new region of the country could be just the way to spend your 4th of July. Take advantage of your holiday and embark on a thrilling getaway to L.A. There are plenty of exhilarating activities to explore in Los Angeles this Independence Day. From parades to fireworks, there are dozens of ways to get your patriotism on this July 4th! Here are some of our recommendations for the ultimate celebration spots in the city:   4th of July Block Party (Taking place all-day in Grand Park on July 4th) (200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012) Head on over for a family-friendly day to remember with free entry! Spend the day picnicking as you enjoy live music and performances by Get Lit (poetry slam), Ethio Cali, Jungle Fire, and La Santa Cecilia. Experience the first-ever light and pyro show in Downtown Los Angeles – beginning after sunset. Food options provided by a … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Vacation Deals

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Memorial Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to getaway and log some family time in a brand new city. Considered the unofficial start of summer, it’s time to have some fun in the sun! Make the most of your holiday with excellent discount attraction passes with our Go City Cards – and for a limited time get an added Memorial Day discount of up to 20% off! Not to mention the bevvy of free events, parades, and destination deals that are available in cities nationwide! Ship out to Boston where you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts for an event called “Boston I Love” to honor those who were affected by the Boston Marathon Attacks. Immerse yourself in the glorious past of Boston on the Freedom Trail Walk into History Tour. Next, soak up some sun and discover Boston's most beloved landmarks on the Charles Riverboat Cruise; after all, you’re in the Bay State. These attractions - … [Read more...]

Things to do in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is often billed as the “Creative Capital of the World” due to the fact that one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry. So what exactly are all these artists, actors, dancers, writers, filmmakers, and musicians doing here? Most would argue that this dense body of creative residents is largely due to a certain Los Angeles district known as Hollywood. This infamous district is situated in the west – northwest region of downtown Los Angeles, and is an active beacon for creative artists from all around the world. There are many things to do in Los Angeles, but a visit just isn’t complete without experiencing the glamour and prestige of all that Hollywood has to offer. Get in the action with a Los Angeles Attractions Pass, and see the many marvels of Los Angeles for one low price. With the Go Los Angeles Card, you can experience some of Hollywood’s … [Read more...]